The power of Nike + worked for me (and it can work for you too)

What is “Nike +”?  In short, it is a simple adapter and sensor that you use in combination with your iPod when running.  The longer answer is much more interesting.  I believe it is a revolution for the casual runner, comparable to what the iPod was for portable music players.  Ok that might be a stretch, but bear with me for a few minutes.

Actually rather than try to write this up, I’ll ask you to take a minute or two to read a well written article over at Wired:

The Nike Experiment: How the Shoe Giant Unleashed the Power of Personal Metrics

It no secret that I have been drinking the Apple Kool-Aid for about 5 years now, but I still agree with many of the points raised in that article.  Yes there are many devices designed to do what the Nike+ system does, and much more – but the people that use those tools are probably in the minority.  What is so powerful about this system is its simplicity and ability to be brought to the masses.  How do I know?  I’ve had the Nike + sensor since they were first introduced, about 3 years ago.

Unfortunately, all my extra curricular activities have taken a chunk out of my daily schedule and I haven’t been to the gym in over a year.  Is it my fault for not making it a priority?  Probably.  Working on the house was a physical challenge at times, but in a year’s time I’ve lost 10 pounds of muscle and all my wind – I want them back.  That is why both Chelsea and I made the commitment yesterday to start running again.  And we are going to use Nike + to set and accomplish goals.  Would it be as easy to set our own goals?  yes, but it wouldn’t involve technology and that takes some of the fun out of it.

Its really easy.  We go running with my ipod and sensor, then the next time I sync to my computer my ipod automatically communicates all the data to a Nike server.  While online I can track all kinds of stuff, including setting goals.  For example, the image above shows what our run last night looked like (though I need to recaibrate my sensor).  You can even see where the sensor popped out of my shoe.

Well anyway, we hope to use the power of personal metrics to get back into shape.  Beginning with our first goal:

http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeplus/v1/swf/scrapablewidget/goal.swf

I’m trying to figure out if I can get this as a wordpress widget, so you can see how we have met our goals in the sidebar on the right. Wish us luck.

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4 thoughts on “The power of Nike + worked for me (and it can work for you too)”

  1. Do you have to have special Nike + shoes for this, or can you attach the sensor like any other pedometer?
    What if you left it on you during a normal day in the lab?

  2. that is an interesting idea Zane. I have always wondered how far I walk in lab day to day.

    And yes you can make it work with any shoe, though there are definitely some designed by Nike to work with it.

  3. maybe now that it has stopped raining for more than three hours (and don’t you love how those three rain-free hours were always while we were at work???), we’ll be able to actually GO running!

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